IRONMAN CANADA TRAINING - 2022
Week beginning Sunday, April 17, 2022
19 weeks out from race day.
Go with the training bump from last week
Total Time: 13.5 Hours
I feel like I was PROGRESSING
New running shoes this week too!
SUNDAY APR 17 ☀️
Sleep 2 | Fatigue 5 | Stress 2 | Soreness 4
Rate on an scale 1-7 1=best 7=worst +5 is a warning
Mobility 27 minutes Might be worth it to do the mobility earlier in the day than the run.
Run 1:50. Easy effort. And I mean EASY. Get outside, find some dirt. Generally a flat route is preferred. It'll be a lot of time on feet after a lot of cycling.
Total Time: 115 Minutes Run: 18.5 km
Mobility was done before the run as planned.
Run was mostly on dirt and I headed north on the Colquitz River Trail with the intension of doing a lap of Rithet's Bog before coming back. I stopped for a bio-break and that was enough of a pause that further up at a fork in the trail, I met up with Yauki! He was out for a 10km run but when I told him where I was heading, he decided to run with me.
That did bump up my effort and cadence for the majority of the run but for the most part, my HR was in the low 130's (not hard).
At 16km, Yauki headed home and I still had time on my activity so I did a lap of Cuthbert Homes Park.
Looking back at what the watch measured, there was a difference in pace and cadence while running with a buddy vs running alone.
Once in the water, I got to work. I felt slow overall but did my best to push through and stay on point with the exercise. Guessing what my HIM pace is in a pool is a challenge and it did keep me focused on the effort. Lane congestion didn't come into play until the very end of the workout. In the end, this was a good swim. Robert Johnson complemented me on my improvement before leaving for home.
I skipped on the hour ride after the swim as I was needing to get logged in for work. I did ride to Frontrunners via Clover Point, to pick up a pair of shoes after work for the cumulative hour plus.
I felt like this was another focused effort in the pool. Mentally, 4x 4x100m seemed more daunting than 16x100m. Maybe it was the weird dream last night that set me up for that. Once I was in the middle of that set, I tuned into on how the effort felt and set out to reproduce that for every 100m there after.
I spent time after work washing my bikes and prepping the TT Bike for tomorrow.
Then I laced up my new shoes and went for a short run on the Lochside Trail just to Saanich Road (and back). The sun was out and for and it was finally a bit of pleasant spring weather!
Still haven't swapped out the 11x25 cassette on the TT Bike; not sure I will until it gets closer to Vic 70.3 because if I stick to local roads that afford me longer times in aero (Lochside up to Sidney), the gearing isn't much of an issue on that flattish route.
Today I felt really good at the start of the ride, quite likely from a tailwind pushing me north. The further up the peninsula I got, the stiffer the wind became. North of McTavish, the wind direction was easterly, coming off the ocean; even with the crosswind, I was feeling a "push".
First bio-break on Tatlow Road as I followed the Vic 70.3 course. There will be a detour around the washout on Chalet Road (heavy rains this winter) that I got to recon for the first time.
I skipped the hill on Downey Road as the plan was to ride a flatter route. Heading south, the wind really started to pick up at the airport and I had a decision to make. Ride the east side of the peninsula back south (windier) or continue on 70.3 course (hillier). I chose the 70.3 course south on West Saanich Road to Wallace Drive.
It was also at this point (2.5 hours in) that I noticed my lumbar starting to act up. I was sitting up more than being bent over. Second bio-break on Wallace helped a bit.
I was still riding ok (for me) along Interurban Road and I got back needing roughly another hour of riding to do. I headed west to Colwood then back through Esquimalt when I my front tire popped. I was able to ride it semi-flat to flat for the next 400m to the Trek Bike Store.
They were hoping to sell me a Continental Gatorskin tire for $120 when a can of Vittoria Pitstop was suggested ($23). I gambled on the can of sealant and what do you know, it worked and I was back on the road in 12 minutes.
That break felt like a world of difference for my lumbar and I was comfortably in and out of the bars along the next 11 km to get me to the 4 hour ride time for the day.
Zero issue with the maple syrup mix and the 70g of Maynards (watermelon) candy.